recording of Emma McChesney and Company
by Edna Ferber. Read by Phil Chenevert.
This is the final volume in the trilogy following the smart, stylish, divorced and independent businesswoman Emma McChesney in her career from stenographer, then drummer (traveling salesman) to owner of her own company. (The first was Roast Beef, Medium and the second Personality Plus both in the Librivox catalog). Edna Ferber first gained success with these stories and later went on to write Show Boat, Giant and other well known books. First published in 1915, Emma's son, Jock, has moved to Chicago with his new wife. Emma decides to sell in South America and proves she has not lost her magic touch. Emma gets involved in romance, saving a business and many other things. Emma symbolizes the ideal woman at the dawn of the twentieth century: sharp, capable, charming, and progressive. (Summary by Phil Chenevert)
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November 12, 2011
Emma McChesney & Co.
Edna Ferber is one of the greatest American writers of the early- and mid-20th century. Her clipped style doesn't allow a single extraneous word, which moves her stories along at a very modern pace. Ferber's comments on the changing role of women in home and business are full of wit and insight, never preachy or didactic.
Phil Chenevert's reading is perfect. Many thanks, Phil.
TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)